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Cat-ching Up 27 October, 2011

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Sign of the Cat

Sign of the Cat

A thousand pardons for the long lapse in reporting! This post summarizes GM weekends from September 16 through October 14.

9-16 Responding to a huge party in Zilker Park, we did our own ACL, but it stood for All Cats Loved. That naturally followed the dog theme back in August, and shows how much we admire all our furry friends. See the song list here.

9-23 For the Fall Equinox, which begins the Season of Earth, we heard lyrics about land, dirt, sand, and other terrestrial subjects. Song list

9-30 sounded like a time of day, but was also that of Saint Sophia, the co-opted Goddess of Wisdom. Mozart supplied the intellectual sonic background. We held several brainy conversations and ate smart food. What else could you expect?

10-07 In celebration of Niels Bohr’s birthday, the ideas were of all things atomic: electrons, protons, neutrons, and quanta. I found the theme song from Atom Ant but missed Nukes in the News.

10-14 I doubt if anyone else in Texas or the US for that matter noticed this 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We spoke with French and English accents, sipped French wine and English ale, and enjoyed all manner of cheeses and hors d’uvres. Our singing friends Los Dos regaled us with several belligerent songs.

Soon to come: more Backyard Theater concerts!


Fine Wining 15 September, 2011

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Texas Wines Get Sacked

Texas Wines Get Sacked

Friday, September 9: After another enlightening adwineture at the Kerrville Wine and Music Fest, we brought home our new-found regional favorites and knowledge to the Green Man. One of our most interesting bottles was La Cuvée du Saule from Calais in Dallas. Benjamin, the young French vintner who introduced the drink at a seminar last weekend, spoke with an engaging accent about his operation, the wine’s uses over fruit salads, and the traditional methods of its making. This dessert white derives from 100% muscat grapes and reminds us of a port of a different color. Although we sipped its sweetness in summer’s warmth, we think the Cuvée will be worth reprising as soon as the weather turns winter-cold.

Other folks brought reds, whites, and rosés and even a beer or two. As testament to our patrons’ enjoyment, we used most of our ample collection of stemmed wine glasses, almost all of which we’d acquired as souvenirs from many Kerrville tastings.

What songs come to mind when you think of the noble grape? Below is the playlist of wine-worthy tunes we heard that night:

artist song
Johann Strauss, Jr. Wine, Women and Song
Nightcaps Wine Wine Wine
Little Feat Willin’
Neil Diamond Cracklin’ Rosie
Weavers Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Alligator Wine
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood Summer Wine
Elton John Elderberry Wine
Henry Mancini The Days Of Wine And Roses
Nina Simone Lilac Wine
Delbert McClinton Two More Bottles of Wine
Tommy James & The Shondells Sweet Cherry Wine
Deana Carter Strawberry Wine
Don Ho Tiny Bubbles
Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs Bottle of Wine
Linda Ronstadt Willin’
5th Dimension Sweet Blindness
Joni Mitchell A Case of You
Paul Anka A Steel Guitar and a Glass of Wine
Jerry Jeff Walker Sangria Wine
Tom T Hall Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine
Dean Martin Little Ol’ Wine Drinker Me
Eric Burdon & War Spill The Wine
Neil Diamond Red, Red Wine
Willie Nelson Yesterday’s Wine
Dallas Frazier Elvira
Limelighters Have Some Madeira M’Dear
Peter, Paul and Mary Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Jimmy Buffett The Wino And I Know
George Carlin Wonderful WINO
Laura Nyro Sweet Blindness
Jeff Buckley Lilac Wine


Austin 40 31 August, 2011

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Jester Center, UT Campus

Jester Center, UT Campus

Friday, August 26: Far out, man! The seventies came back with a fury this past weekend as our friends, neighbors, and colleagues sent up my 40 years in the Capital City. I wore bell-bottoms, tie-dye, patchouli oil, and a headband. We consumed beer, wine, broccoli salad, and a rice dish while grooving to great rock songs of that era. High school alumna Maureen G and myself well-represented the many Corpus folk who now live in Central Texas.

Here is a photo of my first home in Austin. With a capacity of 3,000, Jester dormitory remains the world’s largest nonmilitary housing complex. The facility has its own ZIP code. Some resident students come from towns not even that big. Despite its much-reviled huge scale and presumed bad food, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Jester, staying two years and gaining 20 pounds. My first roommate was Joe Hendricks, a gymnast from New Mexico and a luck-of-the-draw choice. Second was Clark Parrish, whom I had befriended as a freshman.

The Green Man party began around 7:00 with the first guest who heard Lee Michaels’ Do You Know What I Mean. We ended almost three hours later and hadn’t gotten past the summer of ’72 with the tunes’ chronological order. We will either continue the 70s celebration on a near-future Friday, or wait until next August for the 40th anniversary of my second year in Austin. Stay tuned!

Below is a snippet of my hand-lettered song list from the collection sequenced in 1981 on a reel-to-reel recorder:

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Click to Enlarge


Gone to the Dogs 16 August, 2011

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Spotlight on Jubee

Spotlight on Jubee

Friday, Aug. 12: Arf, arf, and arf. Oh, did I mention arf? This night’s theme’s bark was much milder than its bite. With dog days behind us on the calendar only, we invited pups from all over to help us lionize Man’s Beast Friend. Alas, Jubee was our only representative of any breed—but for that we didn’t brood. Our tongues wagged nonetheless, and the GM patrons told tales of hounds gone by.

My childhood curs, Rudy and Stanley, were mixed collie-terriers. They lived strictly outdoors. After coming to Austin and dwelling in a succession of dorms, apartments, duplexes, and houses, I lost dog appreciation and became a devoted cat person. Not until I met Lina did I rediscover canine charms. She owned the comical Fat Sammy (miss him) and Jubee (still with us), both inside-outside pets. As an aside, a string of felines owned us through the years, but we’re down to one cat, Sleeky Squirt. She will likely get her special theme party soon enough.

Faithfully following is the lineup of all the mongrel melodies I could locate in one day. I was surprised at the list’s lack of length. What could you add?

artist title


Patti Page How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?


Beatles Martha My Dear


Monkees Gonna Buy Me A Dog


Harry Nilsson Me and My Arrow


Henry Gross Shannon


Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog


Baha Men Who Let the Dogs Out?


Tom Waits Rain Dogs


Everly Brothers Bird Dog


Lobo Me and You and a Dog Named Boo


Rufus Thomas Walking the Dog


Laurie Anderson Walk the Dog


Cat Stevens Was Dog a Doughnut?


Nick Drake Black-Eyed Dog


Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Teddy Mr. Bojangles


Beatles Hey Bulldog


Led Zeppelin Black Dog


Underdog theme


David Bowie Diamond Dogs


Procol Harum A Salty Dog


Pink Floyd Dogs



Acoustic Punk 10 August, 2011

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The Second Opinion belts out the tunes.

The Second Opinion belts out tunes.

Friday, Aug. 5: Once again, the Backyard Theater filled the warm evening air with music and lyrics—this time from the four- and six-string guitars and voice of The Second Opinion, perhaps Central Texas’ only unamplified group that plays all your punk-rock favorites. Its personnel are Robyn Gammill and Alex Lewis, who have played together for several years. Robyn is also half of the duo known as Strategic Biscuit, the band that debuted our stage this past May.

In keeping with the expected Green Man merriment, we all relished the pot-luck feast and beverage selection everyone contributed. By 7:40 or so, the neighborhood shadows had helped mitigate the day’s record-shattering temperatures. A breeze through that shade made the evening quite tolerable.

Backyard Theater patrons

Backyard Theater patrons

The first set set the mood for the whole night, with Robyn’s rockin’ vocalizations and Alex’s steady bottom beat. The appreciative audience chimed in on several hits, granting an air of participation to this intimate gathering.

As day turned to dusk, other talents stepped up to the stage and added variety to the concert. In his second appearance at the BYT, Noah Hodge banged his melodious improvisations on a borrowed guitar. Noah’s childhood friend Courtney graced us with with several unaccompanied songs, then collaborated with young Hodge to crank out some blues.

No & Co

No and Co

But impromptu soul was by no means the extent of our musical diversity that fair Frigga’s. Ahead of The Second Opinion’s final offering was an even fresher act, the Barrett Lewis Experience. Younger brother to the bassist, this diminutive artist let us know what life’s like living with diabetes. Could this be the world’s first musical expression of that challenging condition?

SO with Barrett

SO with Barrett

Other stories too numerous to recount here contributed to a most enlightening and fun time. Don’t miss the next billing!


By the Numbers 7 August, 2011

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a One and a Two and a Three . . .

a One and a Two and a Three . . .

Fri, July 29: Another reason to celebrate this year’s seventh month was that it contained five (5) complete weekends of FridaySaturdaySundays—what better reason for hearing songs based on math. For the final July series, we asked our guests to bring their favorite quantities of something to share, so we got one keg of beer, two bowls of guacamole, three bags of chips, four calling birds, etc.

You can always count on Green Man to produce an entertaining evening, so what follows is that night’s list of melodies, played in numerical order:

artist title


Len Barry 1, 2, 3


Carole King One Fine Day


1910 Fruitgum Company 1, 2, 3 Red Light


Beatles One After 909


Bob Dylan One More Night


Three Dog Night One Is the Loneliest Number


Spinners One of a Kind (Love Affair)


Captain and Tenille Do That to Me One More Time


Another One Bites the Dust Queen


Grover Washington Jr. featuring Bill Withers Just the Two of Us


Beatles Two of Us


King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair


Tony Orlando and Dawn Knock Three Times


Dave Dudley Six Days on the Road


Jimi Hendrix If 6 Was 9


Eagles Seven Bridges Road


Frazier Chorus Cloud 8


Beatles Eight Days a Week


Dolly Parton 9 to 5


Ray Price Heartaches By the Number


Searchers Love Potion No. 9


Beatles Revolution 9


John Lennon No. 9 Dream


karaoke style Ten Little Indians


Bruce Springsteen Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out


Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons


Ringo Starr You’re 16 (You’re Beautiful & You’re Mine)


Crests Sixteen Candles


Chuck Berry Sweet Little 16


Janis Ian At Seventeen


Frank Sinatra When I Was Seventeen, It Was A Very Good Year


Cat Stevens 18th Avenue


Rolling Stones 19th Nervous Breakdown


Steely Dan Hey, Nineteen


Chicago 25 or 6 to 4


Humble Pie 30 Days in the Hole


Paul Simon 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover


Elton John Sixty Years On


Music Man cast Seventy-Six Trombones


Question Mark & the Mysterians 96 Tears


Beach Boys 409


David Bowie 1984


Spirit 1984


Peter, Paul and Mary 500 Miles


Proclaimers 500 Miles


Cannibal and the Headhunters Land of 1000 dances


Rolling Stones 2000 Light Years From Home


Zager & Evans In The Year 2525



. . . and the Moon was Full

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Full of Moon

Full of Moon

Fri, July 15: Following up on the previous week’s schizoid songs, we turned to a related theme, that of the Full Moon herself. Again, in all my years of music programming, I hadn’t done one on Moon themes. Many, many more will likely come to the reader’s mind. Please feel free to post your own suggestions via the comments feature here on the blog.

Meanwhile, I promise you the Moon:

artist title


JPGR (Beatles) Mr. Moonlight


Grateful Dead Mountains of the Moon


Nick Drake Pink Moon


Don Franks, Petula Clark Old Devil Moon


Billie Holiday East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)


Willie Nelson Moonlight in Vermont


Harry Nilsson Moonbeam Song


Debussey Clair de Lune


Fats Waller By the Light of the Silvery Moon


Kate Smith When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain


Ella Fitzgerald It’s Only a Paper Moon


Julie London Fly Me to the Moon


Frank Sinatra Full Moon and Empty Arms


Dorothy Lamour Moon of Manakoora


Barbra Streisand Woman In The Moon


Beach Boys Surfer Moon


Rolling Stones Moonlight Mile


Cat Stevens Moon Shadow


Fred Mitchim Shoot for the Moon


King Crimson Moonchild


Fun Boy Three The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum


Jerry Wallace In the Misty Moonlight


Les Paul & Mary Ford How High the Moon


Hank Williams Howlin’ at the Moon


Elvis Presley Blue Moon of Kentucky


Red Rider Lunatic Fringe


Pink Floyd Brain Damage/Eclipse


R.E.M Man on the Moon


George Harrison Here Comes the Moon


Jonathan King Everyone’s Gone to the Moon


Gale Storm Dark Moon


Credence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising


k.d. lang & The Reclines Full Moon Full of Love


Neil Young Harvest Moon


Beethoven Moonlight Sonata


Henry Mancini Moon River


Michael Nesmith & First National Band Silver Moon


Old & In The Way Midnight Moonlight


Marcels Blue Moon


Van Morrison Moondance


Neville Brothers Yellow Moon